It’s time to talk Star Wars at GeekGirlCon today!
Fangirls Find the Force: Star Wars, from Episode VII and Beyond
Date: Saturday, October 11
Time: 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM
Fangirls are speaking up about what they want from the Star Wars mega-franchise! They have voiced their concerns over representation of women in the galaxy far, far away. This panel will discuss media and fan reaction to Star Wars diversity news and the response from Disney|Lucasfilm. We also highlight the reasons why it’s important for women to speak up as consumers of pop culture, and how to do it both positively and effectively.
We’ve got another great lineup of panelists. Here they are:
Lisa Granshaw is a full-time freelance writer and career consultant based in New York City. Her work has appeared on numerous websites including the Daily Dot, Blastr, Fashionably Geek, and Boing Boing. She has also written for magazines such as Star Wars Insider. You can connect with her on Twitter, Tumblr, Google Plus, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.
Linda Hansen-Raj is a Spine and Sports Medicine physician, yoga teacher, equestrian, writer, and mom who lives in Silicon Valley. She’s FANgirlblog’s Sith Inquisitor, which means she’s been able to meet and interview a lot of really neat Star Wars-related people. As a mom, her perspective is not only as a fan and also as a parent, especially how media affects young women. You can read her on FANgirl Blog and follow her on Twitter.
Meg Humphrey is a Seattle-raised nerd from birth with a never-ending list of projects and passions. You can hear her talk about Star Wars on the Far Far Away Radio podcast. She is a contributor at the blog Have You Nerd, on the convention staff at GeekGirlCon and Sakura-Con, runs an Etsy shop called Force Apparel, and enjoys participating on panels at conventions all around the Northwest. You can follow her on Twitter @tspofnutmeg or on Instagram @jedimastermeg.
Geek Kay grew up wanting to be an astronaut. After seeing Star Wars, she wanted to be Princess Leia, Han Solo, and an astronaut. Life’s taken her on a bit of a different path, but she’s still a Star Wars fangirl at heart who enjoys surprising people with how geeky she really is. Currently a voice actor, photographer, and artist who also consults in communications and marketing, Kay spends the little bit of free time she has reading, writing, learning and, of course, making pew pew noises. She would pick up more jobs and hobbies if she was a Time Lord. You can follow her on Twitter.
Tricia Barr’s novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library’s successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena’s Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.
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